In my home, the first day of school is always a pretty big deal. But all of a sudden, I’ve found it being twice as important this year. Why you ask? Well BOTH of my boys are headed off to school for the first time ever. I’ll drop them off together. Pick them up together. And know that throughout the day, they’ll take on new challenges, discover new adventures and take steps towards becoming the young men I know they will one day be together.
Now, as if having two kids in school this year wasn’t a big enough deal, we’re having some pretty major milestones. My youngest is going into his first year of “real school.” And my oldest? Well, he’s going into the all important middle school years. Thankfully they will still both be at the same school but with such major changes in the air, the excitement in our home has reached epic levels! And so, while it may only be July, our all important back to school shopping has started. And one of the top items on both of my kid’s lists were super cool back to school shoes.
Now I’ll be honest and tell you that both my boys go to a school where they wear uniforms. And they LOVE it. Honestly, so do I. It takes so much of the stress out of the morning time because there is no worry over what to wear. And while we all admittedly cheer for school uniforms and the simplicity that comes along with them every morning, it makes the boys’ shoes so much more important. You see where they might look just like everyone else in the school from the ankles up, from the ankles down they have the ability to express their very own super cool style!
So, as has been the habit with my oldest every year since he started school, back to school shoe shopping needed to occur. Knowing that finding the perfect pair of shoes for each of my boys would be no easy task, I sat down to think about the things that were important.
Comfort is Key: Obviously comfort is key when it comes to finding back to school shoes. Both of my boys are super active (like seriously, they never sit still) and I know that running down the halls, playing on the playground and racing to make it out in time for pick up line will be just another part of their daily routine. Since it’s important for their feet to be comfortable when they are doing these things, we tend to lean toward tennis shoes. So, after I decided that a sturdy pair of tennis shoes is what each child needed to keep them running, jumping and playing we headed to the Famous Footwear website to check out the selection!
Style Matters: Once we arrived at the Famous Footwear website, the next decision was choosing a style. While my oldest can’t live without the Nike swoosh, it was important for my little guy to have velcro closings so that he didn’t have to worry about tripping over shoelaces that he can’t quite tie yet all day long. Since we were able to find styles that work for each of them in one place and see what’s currently popular in the Famous Footwear #ohsofamous Style Gallery, it was easy to ensure they both got the right fit for their every growing feet!
Express Their Individuality: Once they had each chosen a style, it was on to step three…picking the perfectly colored shoe for their individual personalities! I have to say the options were endless. With an array of colors, brands and styles, they were both able to find several shoes that they each loved. Since my oldest wants everything to be blue, he went with bright blue Nike tennis shoes while my youngest thought the red and black Sketchers were just about the coolest thing he had ever seen. They were both able to find shoe options that matched their likes and personalities to help them feel that even if their uniforms look like everyone else’s when they go back to school, their feet will really stand out!
Availability is Awesome: After choosing the shoes they loved and felt expressed who they want to be in the new school year, all that was left to do was add them to my online shopping cart! I loved that I didn’t have to worry with out of stock selections or shoes that were in the wrong place on the shelf! Instead, once they had found their perfect shoes, all we had to do was go through the easy online checkout process and in less than a week, their new kicks were on their feet, allowing them plenty of time to make sure their back to school look was exactly what they wanted it to be.
Knowing that as the start of the school approaches, I have one less thing go worry about and the kids have shoes they feel great about rocking on the first day makes my life as a mom easy. And by looking at the things that were important to both my kids and me, I was able to easily find the perfect shoes from Famous Footwear that will have both my kids hopping, skipping and jumping their way through a fabulous school year!
If you’re looking for the perfect shoes to make heading back to the classroom cool, use our basic tips for choosing the perfect pair of shoes above! Then don’t forget to check out the Famous Footwear #ohsofamous style galley for tons of inspiration that will have you and your children cruising into the new school year in fashionable footwear style! It’s a fun place to get inspiration, explore what others are wearing, and see the variety that Famous Footwear offers.
So what are you waiting for? Be back to school ready in true style this year by starting with an online or in store visit to Famous Footwear!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.